These Olympian MAKERS Define What It Means to Be a Winner After Recovering From Loss

With so much excitement surrounding breaking records and winning medals at the 2016 Summer Games, the competing athletes who came close to being awarded those shiny medals are frequently overshadowed.

Although many athletes may not be taking home the coveted awards for their country, their successes are not to be forgotten.

Click through the gallery above to read quotes from eight Olympian MAKERS who truly define what it means to be a champion, against all odds.

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"I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can recover when they fall." —Serena Williams Photo Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

"There is no better motivation than losing... It adds even more fuel to the fire." —Abby Wambach Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

"The mark of a great sportsman is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst." —Martina Navratilova Photo Credit: Trevor Jones/Getty Images

"A great champion deals with setback with a comeback." —Donna de Varona Photo Credit: Bettmann via Getty Images

"If I fail, what's going to happen? Nothing. I'm not looking for my self-worth in the sport." —Kelly Clark Photo Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

"I am a fighter. I will stand strong. I will stumble and I will fall but I will never give up. It might take longer at times but I will stand back up and keep fighting." —Carli Lloyd Photo Credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

"A winner is a person that gets up one more time than she is knocked down." —Mia Hamm Photo Credit: Franck Seguin/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

"I think it's my personality to overcome things, learn from them and become stronger, both personally and professionally. To be honest, I welcome those hardships." —Hope Solo Photo Credit: Pedro Vilela/Getty Images